On September 21, 2023, Daily Bread Food Bank announced our fundraising goals during our annual Thanksgiving press conference. With the city’s food insecurity crisis showing no signs of slowing down, Talia Bronstein, VP of Research & Advocacy at Daily Bread announced our goal to raise $3.8 million and 227,000 pounds of food to meet the crisis-level demand.
In the weeks approaching the Thanksgiving season, we’re proud to share that through the rallying efforts of the community, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of support in our holiday food drives. Here’s what you have helped make happen:
Purolator Red Bag campaign:
2023 marked the fifth year of partnership between Daily Bread and Purolator for the Red Bag campaign. 25,000 red bags were distributed by volunteers in multiple Toronto neighbourhoods for residents to fill with non-perishable food donations. The following weekend, donations were collected and brought on-site to Daily Bread by Purolator drivers, ready for weighing and sorting. All we can say is “wow” – as a community, we came together to collect a total of 38,417 pounds of food, for those experiencing hunger in our city. Thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, Daily Bread and Purolator team members who helped make this happen.
Junction Residents’ Association:
The Junction Residents’ Association (JRA) hosted its bi-annual food drive in support of Daily Bread Food Bank. This fall, their Thanksgiving food drive yielded some major donations! Over 9,000 bags were distributed in the city’s west end, ready to be filled with non-perishable food from this tight-knit community. With the help of over 30 volunteers and staff support from Daily Bread, the donations were collected. We’re happy to share that 23,373 pounds of food were donated to support those facing hunger this Thanksgiving season. We want to extend our sincere gratitude to the JRA for being such a wonderful example of what the collective effort of community looks like.
These Thanksgiving fundraisers would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of volunteers and the generosity of our donors. Thank you for joining us in the fight against hunger, and for providing your support to ensure that everyone’s right to food is realized this Thanksgiving season.
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